The Mark Twain Forum needs a reviewer for the following items:
_The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Understanding a Classic_.
Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998. 34
mins., color. FFH 7968. VHS Format. Purchase: $149.00. Rental:
$75.00. Prices include public performance rights.
Few works in American literature address issues as timeless as those
explored in Mark Twain's controversial novel, Huckleberry Finn. In
this program, three scholars, including noted Twain biographer Justin
Kaplan, examine the work and its various themes--race, cruelty,
consequences of greed, meaning of civilization, and the nature of
freedom. The author's life is traced from his days as a printer's
apprentice, riverboat pilot, and journalist, to renowned author. Twain
scholars Shelley Fishkin and David Lionel Smith discuss
African-American influences from Twain's childhood that are reflected
in the work, and suggest that these references, misinterpreted by
readers, form the basis for charges that Twain was a racist. Incidents
from his life, including his vehement anti-slavery and anti-racist
articles couched in irony, provide convincing counterpoint to the
_Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn and Other Works_. Princeton, N.J.:
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. FFH 7960. CD-ROM.
$149.00. Price include public performance rights.
This valuable scholarly companion provides in-depth information that
allows students to gain a true appreciation of six major works:
_Huckleberry Finn_, "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "The Man
That Corrupted Hadleyburg," "The $30,000 Bequest," "A True Story," and
- The full text of all six works, fully searchable by word or phrase
- A screening room containing interviews with Twain scholars Justin
Kaplan, author of the definitive Twain biography, _Mr. Clemens and
Mark Twain_; David Lionel Smith, Professor of English at Williams
College; and Shelley Fishkin, Professor of American Studies and
General Editor of _The Oxford Mark Twain_
- A network of hyper-links which illuminate themes in Huckleberry
- 10 essays including whether Twain should be considered a racist; his
forays into publishing; his stance as an anti-imperialist; his early life
and travels; his problems with international copyright infringements;
the influences of his wife and of the Reconstruction backlash on his
Special functions: All text is easily accessible with the "turn" of a
page. Editions pop-up by moving the cursor over the text. Pages or
portions of the text can be printed and added to portfolios. The
CD-ROM can be used with either Windows or Macintosh.
As usual, the review must be of publishable quality, and it would be due
within two months of your receipt of the book (i.e., due late-June
1999). The deadline is particularly important, as we are making every
effort for Forum reviews to appear before print reviews. If you are
inclined to procrastinate, please don't offer to review the book.
An ideal reviewer would be teaching HF this semester, and still have
time remaining to incorporate this material into a class or two, and
thus gather some student feedback.
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I look forward to hearing from you.
Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
Book review editor, Mark Twain Forum